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  • Jan
  • 14

Half Connected


A study by survey company YouGov has found that over half (55%) of people in the UK have connected their TV sets to the internet to access catch-up TV,  on-demand video, radio, news apps, etc on their ‘main’ screen, and that there is a huge demand for ‘smart’ connected TVs. The study also found that 11% of UK viewers intend to buy a connected TV in the next 12 months.

  • Mar
  • 04

An application to help viewers choose TV programmes has won First Prize for ASTRA in Samsung’s Smart TV Challenge. A combined team of experts from ASTRA and Capablue created the advanced ASTRA Recommends application. This is designed to be downloaded, installed and run on Samsung’s Apps line of connected TVs.

The ASTRA Recommends app presents an onscreen video-on-demand programme guide, which viewers use to select programmes by category or genre, with advice from an intelligent recommendation engine. They can also share programme recommendations with friends through social networks like Facebook.

Thomas Wrede, VP Reception Systems at ASTRA, said “We are very pleased to have been awarded First Prize in Samsung's competition. This will motivate us to pursue further activities with the CE industry to promote satellite reception in connected consumer devices.”

ASTRA Web & e-marketing manager Neill Henderson said, “It’s great to see manufacturers like Samsung recognise the power of satellite to engage large audiences. This application shows how the internet world and the satellite TV world can come together to enhance the overall TV experience.”

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  • Oct
  • 27

Belgian telecom provider Mobistar has launched a hybrid satellite/internet TV offer to provide phone customers with extended television flexibility and choice. Mobistar TV combines DTH satellite TV with DSL Internet to provide over 500 television and radio by satellite and interactive services, catch-up TV and content-on-demand via the Internet, along with programme recording management via a smart phone.

Satellite television, including Flemish national channels, HD and 3D channels, and a wide range of European free-to-air channels, is delivered to Mobistar TV users direct from the ASTRA satellites. President and CEO of SES ASTRA, Ferdinand Kayser said: "The combination of DSL and DTH reception brings together two excellent infrastructures, with satellite as the ideal broadcast infrastructure for high quality TV and DSL as the most suitable means for providing interactivity and on-demand services. We expect this trend towards hybrid solutions to increase."

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